Bike Bulletin January 2006

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Rolling Valhalla Ride
Saturday, December 31, 7:30 pm – 6:45 am
SE Grand and Ivon
Meet at SE Grand and Ivon for Satanic Tetherball! Ride for the opportunity to grasp the final glory of the year at the Baby Rescue On Ice! Drink the waters of the Willamette! See the Historical Re-Enactment of the Maynooth Pardon!
Contact: Megulon Five,

PWTC New Year’s Day Ride
Sunday, January 1, 10:00 am
Laurelhurst Park, two blocks west of SE 39th on Ankeny
Ride with the PWTC on a tour around Portland to Waterfront Park, where we will meet all those other traditional New Year’s Day riders (see next ride). Then it’s back to Laurelhurst Park for hot cider, cookies and camaraderie. Distance 15 – 20 miles. Group ride. Level B.

Annual New Year’s Day Ride
Sunday, January 1, noon
Waterfront Park, Battleship Oregon Monument, Naito & Pine
Kick off the New Year with this leisurely spin. This 2 – 3 mile ride is family-friendly and culminates with warm drinks and sweet treats in Laurelhurst Park.
Contact: John Bloss, 503.710.1744,

New Year’s Day Poker Ride
Sunday, January 1, 3:00 pm
Eastside Esplanade just north of the Hawthorne Bridge
After the last poker ride went so well, GravelTech is pleased to announce the New Year’s Day Poker Ride. This is a group ride/pub crawl stopping at four bars. Riders are dealt a card at each stop along the way. We’re changing the rules a little to mix things up. The basic idea is that by the last stop you’ll have to find another rider with a hand that compliments yours, combine cards, and make the best hand possible. The pair with the best hand wins the pot. The buy-in is $3. For that you’ll receive one playing card, one can of cheap beer, and one spoke card.
Contact: Andrew Morton,

SHIFT Meeting
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Urban Grind Coffee House, 2214 NE Oregon St
SHIFT meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Come meet other Shifties, find out what’s going on, offer your ideas, or help plan an event. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Timo,

PWTC Troutdale General Store Ride
Sunday, January 8, 10:30 am
Lents Park, SE 92nd and Holgate
Ride out through Gresham and down the Sandy River for an optional stop at the Troutdale General Store for coffee and snacks. Distance 30 miles. Non-group ride. Level B.
Contact: Bud Rice, 503.667.0683

Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Portland City Hall, Lovejoy Room – 2nd floor, 1221 SW 4th Ave
For cyclists who would like to be actively involved in making Portland bike-friendly, the 13-member volunteer BAC meets on the second Tuesday of every month to review projects of interest to cyclists and discuss bike issues. The BAC advises City Council and bureaus on all bicycle-related matters. All are welcome to attend and agendas are available in advance.
Contact: Roger, 503.823.7671 or

Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Room 112
If bicyclists want to give input into Multnomah County bicycle related decisions, attend the Multnomah County Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings. The committee represents citizens of Multnomah County regarding bicycle and pedestrian issues and advises the Board of County Commissioners and Transportation Division on matters involving bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Meetings are open to the public and occur every second Wednesday of the month. The agenda always has a spot for public comment.
Contact: Matthew Larsen, 503.988.5050 x29640,

Slug Velo Portland Fire & Rescue Ride

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 am
Waterfront Park, SW Oak and Naito Parkway
We’ll be touring a choice selection of historic Portland Fire & Rescue sites – with historical interpretation including visual aids. Our ride will end at the Historic Belmont Firehouse on Safety Saturday when the public is invited to see PF&R’s historic and modern equipment, and learn all about fire and life safety from the firefighters.
Contact: Heather, 503.788.0613,

BTA Bicyclists Legal Clinic

Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
BTA Office, 717 SW 12th Ave
Learn the ins and outs of bike law. Join Portland bike lawyer Ray Thomas for a free clinic. RSVP to 503.226.0676 x10 or

SHIFT Breakfast on the Bridges

Friday, January 27, 7:00 – 9:00 am
Hawthorne Bridge and Broadway Bridge
Stop and have breakfast with us on your way to work!
Free coffee and pastries!
…and tardy slips, so you can show up late to work!
Contact: Timo,

Audubon Society: Bicycle the Willamette River Greenway

Saturday, January 28, noon to 3:30 pm
Willamette Park, SW Macadam Ave and Nebraska St
Ride with Urban Naturalist Mike Houck on the Willamette River Greenway to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Sellwood Riverfront Park. From there we’ll ride downstream along the Springwater on the Willamette trail, along the Eastbank Esplanade and back to Willamette Park. Registration required.

Contact: Karen, 503.292.6855,


River City Bicycles Fixed-Gear Rides

Sundays, 9:30 am (October through February)
River City Bicycles, 706 SE MLK Jr Blvd
1 – 2 hour **urban **chatty meander on fixed-gears. 42×18 is a good gear size; we do climb a few hills, usually. Bright clothing, at least one caliper brake, helmet.
Contact: David Auker, 503.246.1100,

Learn to Unicycle
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Reed College Sports Center, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Drop in and learn to unicycle from members of the Portland Juggling Club. Added bonus: learn to juggle! Unicycles are available to use at the club. Everyone (any age) is welcome.


The person who first used the phrase “spinning your wheels” to connote going nowhere could not have been a bicycle tourist. ~M John McCoy

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~Ernest Hemingway, By-Line

To travel by bicycle is a humble, nonaggressive way to get close to people. It is a way of saying we are passing through with no thought of invasion or conquest, only the simple will to share a part of the road. ~Claude Herve

Bicycles have no walls. ~Paul Cornish

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